April gigs at the Trades Club Barnsley. Wednesdays 8 30pm start

We have two great shows coming up at the Trades Club Barnsley.
Wednesday 18th April 8 30pm we have the wonderful Staffordshire duo Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer.
Wednesday 25th April 8 30 pm at the same venue we have folk veteran John Conolly writer of such folk anthems as Fiddlers Green and Punch and Judy Man. John is a true legend of the folk scene don’t miss this one.

25th March at the Old School House

Our next gig at the Old School House is on 25th March at the Old School House and our headline band is the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band (http://www.jonpalmeracousticband.com). They are supported by Shiznitz (shiznitz.org) a five piece (usually) band from the far east (Hull),and the Ale Mary’s the latest venture of our old friend Gerry McNeice.

This will be a fantastic lively gig and definitely not to be missed. Set in the coolest cabaret setting of the Old School House Venue its possibly the best 7 quid you’ll ever spend.

See you there

Dave Bottomley

Scott Wainwright 7th Feb upstairs at Barnsley Trades Club

After our wonderful and well attended Old School House gig with Gilmore and Roberts, Beggars Bridge and The Zoe Bottomley Experience, we are pleased to announce and invite you to our next Wednesday night gig at the Trades Club Barnsley on the 7th February. Our guest that night is Scott Wainwright making his first appearance at the club. Support will come from me Dave Bottomley performing some numbers from my new solo acoustic blues set. A limited number of floor spots are also available.

Yorkshire based musician and performing artist Scott Wainwright has been a regular feature on his local music scene for the last ten years, offering audiences an energetic and eclectic take on blues, folk and gospel music.
He has released numerous albums; EP’s and singles over the years, which have ranged in style from ‘Electric Blues and Hip Hop’ fusions (Every Man Has His Critics) to solo instrumental guitar workouts (What We Cannot Hold). In between these releases there have been regular bouts of ‘Lo-Fi’ folk (All That Glitters is Not Gold) and the odd dabbling as a singer songwriter (Whisper’s from a Kind River), but for now, our hero seems to have settled on acoustic blues (Bric A Brac Blues) and the more experimental style country blues of his latest offering ‘Strangers Here’.
All of his albums evoke a wide range of emotions and feelings from his listeners, as he tackles subjects such as love, life, death, loss, hope and the possibility of being ‘wrong’ about everything.
Scott plays extensive shows all over the place, both as a solo performer and as part of various duos and bands. Solo performances see Scott using Voice, Guitar, Harmonica, Foot Stomps and occasional Banjo to entertain and bewilder his audiences. Every performance comes with and element of homespun humor.

Look forward to seeing you there. Please come and support live music in Barnsley. If people don’t turn out we will lose it. (Sorry for the glum note but it is true).

All the best

Dave Bottomley on behalf of

Barnsley Folk Club

Gilmore and Roberts Sunday 21st January The Old School House 5 pm

After the wonderful Edwina Hayes gig back in November, Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night are pleased to announce that the next Old School House gig is Gilmore and Roberts on Sunday 21st January at 5pm.

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts are a Barnsley based folk duo who combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

In 2016, the duo marked a decade of performing together with their first live album, released ten years to the day since their first EP launch. Limited to one thousand hand-numbered copies and recorded on the duo’s 2016 spring tour, In Our History – LIVE is available exclusively at shows and from gilmoreroberts.co.uk/shop.

Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.
Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsle in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

Tickets are on sale online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/barnsleyfolkclub or on the door priced at £7.

Dave

Edwina Hayes plus support from LOTI and The Mockingbirds 19th Nov

Sunday 19th November sees the long awaited return of Edwina Hayes to Barnsley Folk Club where she is one of our most popular guests.

Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She is an artist at the very top of the English folk an acoustic music and she has opened numerous shows for star performers such as Jools Holland and Van Morrison and has performed her own gigs on stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall.  The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’.

Edwina has toured with or supported  Jools Holland, Van Morrison and Nanci Griffith, Loudon Wainwright, Roger McGuinn and  KT Tunstall. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina’s second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.

Edwina has an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch.

Support comes from The Mockingbirds Americana duo from Haworth and environs, and from the Last of the Independents, an acoustic Rory Gallagher tribute from Barnsleys very own Scott Doonican and Richard Kitson.

The Old School House Venue, Barnsley, 5pm – 8pm, doors 4.30 Tickets £7 from Ticketsource

Billy Kemp Trades 8th Nov

Our guest at Barnsley Folk Club on Wednesday 8th November at the Trades Racecommon Road Barnsley is our old friend Billy Kemp who is now doing his first solo tour of the UK.

From the Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore native Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing.

From 2005 through 2016 Billy was half of the Appalachian Folk duo Jeni and Billy, who toured extensively in the US, Canada and the U.K. and released seven CDs and were regular and highly popular guests at Barnsley Folk Club for the last seven years.

Billy has released a new solo CD this summer. His concert will include songs from his new CD, as well as audience favourites from the Jeni & Billy repertoire and selections from a rich and extensive back-catalogue.

James the Fang and Serious Sam Barrett Weds 20th Sept

James the Fang and Serious Sam Barrett return to Barnsley folk club on Wednesday 20th September at the Trades Club Barnsley 8 30pm suggested collection contribution £5.

These guys really buck the system and turn the clock back to perform music that’s real and spare. Their music is durable and pure.

On their latest Album The Dime Horse Shoe the boys nail their hearts to the mast and let ‘er go. Fiddle playing vocalist James (from the USA and 12-string guitarist, banjo player and vocalist ‘Serious’ Sam Barrett (Leeds but Born in Barnsley) hit the road running. The exquisite fiddle work and varied little riffs from James are most elegant. James is an immense talent, and with Sam’s deep affinity and love of the old stuff nothing is left to chance as the boys reproduce an honest and pure down home back porch sound.

Don’t miss this one there’s nowt else like it and its one to remember!

10th Sept -Dave Burland and the Awkward Squad + Parson’s Lot – Early Doors

Along with many of his contemporaries such as Nic Jones, Tony Rose and Martin Carthy, Dave Burland is one of the seminal influences of the Folk Revival and an inspiration to following generations of folk artists.

A highly respected and long-established performer, Dave has a wide repertoire of material ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Since 1968 he has toured throughout Europe, Hong Kong and Australia and been a welcome guest at clubs and festivals throughout the UK. The rich, mellow tones of Dave’s voice and his distinctive guitar style have featured on over 50 albums and recordings alongside the likes of Richard Thompson, Kate Rusby, Dick Gaughan, Bob Pegg, Nic Jones, Mike Harding, Hedgehog Pie and The Albion Band.

Support from Barnsley’s very own Parsons Lot.

Early start at 5pm – ground-floor venue, off-road parking and real ale available.  The Old School House Venue

Tickets avaialable from Ticket Source – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/barnsleyfolkclub
or via Dave Bottomley 07803 049 896

Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band – The Old School House Venue 16th July, early doors

Our next sunday at the Old School House is Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band featuring Barnsley’s Dom Dudill on Fiddle.

“We are Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, a travelling troupe of musicological minstrels, peddling our unique good-time tonic to all four corners of the land. Made from a secret combination of early blues and jazz forms, a sprinkle of ragtime, a dash of hot swing, the essence of sweet spiritual, a pinch of the oldest of old-timey melodies and a teaspoon of Vaudevillian and Music Hall showoffery, all whisked together with the most esoteric of folk rhythms. The result is a surpassingly melodious music which is replete with tones of joy and fulfilment. This harmonic medicine is a natural aid to titillation and is a guaranteed restorer of vitality, vim and vigour.

Allow us present to you our good-time rags and reels, show stoppers and sight stealers; music for foot stomping and toe tickling that joins hearts with flesh whilst invigorating the thinking mind. We stand before you as harbingers of gentility, bearers of ingenuity, possessors of conviviality, enhancers and champions of upright and virtuous behaviour and caretakers of chivalric honour. As a morally good band our presentations are entirely exempt from the vulgarities and other objectionable features which have hitherto characterized good-time musical extravaganzas.”

Tickets are £7 and available from Ticket Source plus a small booking fee, or on the door.

Doors 5pm, finished by 8pm.  This is a seated gig with a cabaret- style layout.  Ground floor access, off-road parking and real ale available

Support comes from ItsAcoustica and The Rolling Down Hills